It has been a year.
A year since I discovered that I had a lot to say. A lot. Thanks for listening. Seriously. I am very grateful.
As many of you may be able to relate to, I felt like I was in the washing machine on a continuous spin cycle for the last few years.
Between work, a baby, a big move, part-time work, choosing to stay home, another baby, another move, Asperger's diagnosis, another baby, cancer, another move...all wrapped up with a big move back to the place where we started. Whew!
I know it sounds like a lot. It was. We all have our trials, though, right? You can read how we survived our road bumps HERE.
I was exhausted.
Can a girl get a, "I hear ya, sista!"
I lost touch with the things that used to make me happy. I was so preoccupied with making sure everyone else was happy, that I lost a bit of myself, too. I was so busy with DOING that I forgot what I was like when I was just BEING.
It was a dark place and I didn't realize I was there until we moved out of Orange County and back to San Diego County. I had more time on my hands because we didn't have all of our scheduled playdates, beach walks, time at my parent's house, and Luke's therapy schedule.
I finally had what I was hoping for: TIME, but I didn't know what to do with it.
Then I started reading Greta's blog. Please visit her HERE. Her words and photographs gave me the inspiration I needed. I always had stories swirling around in my head, but now I had a place to put them.
So with little knowledge of blogging, I set forth and made it happen. It has given me a passion for writing, photographing, and most importantly, it has met my initial motivation: it has provided a place for parents to come together and say, "I've been through that too" or "Ugh, I know what those sleepless nights are like." It is a place to CONNECT and SUPPORT.
The biggest lesson I've learned is that it is easy to feel alone when you are a parent. When you're a full-time working mommy (been there), you feel disconnected from the stay-at-home moms and when you are a stay-at-home mom you can feel isolated at home with a day full of wiping bottoms, putting kids in time-outs, and wishing for a long enough shower to shave your legs and wash your hair on the same day.
I'm glad we can go through it together.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to connect with me. It has been such a gift and I am extremely filled with joy to have you along for the ride.